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Boston skaters entertain at the Saturday Night Ice Show

September 4, 2010 - Christie Sausa

 At the Saturday Night Ice Show, three skaters from the Skating Club of Boston entertained the crowd- Ross Miner and the pair’s team of Marissa Castelli and Simon Shapnir put on quite a show in the 1932 rink. Let’s get to know them a little better. 

Lake Placid News: When did you start skating and why? 

Ross Miner: I was three years old when I started skating- my parents wanted me to get involved in sports because I was very hyper. I was playing hockey first, but one day after practice I saw someone doing tricks. I wanted to do that, so my parents got me skates and I started figure skating!
Marissa Castelli: I was about three or four years old; my mom was (and still is) a figure skating coach, so I got involved because of her involvement in the sport. 
Simon Shapnir: I was inspired to start skating when I saw Scott Hamilton skating on TV- I just met him last year too- and wanted to skate like him. 
LPN: Did the last season go as expected?
RM: It started really well; I was skating on the Jr International circuit until I sprained my ankle and had to sit out Nationals and Jr Worlds. 
MC: Last summer, I fell on someone’s blade and had to get stitches. But we still pulled through the season. 
SS: We spent last year getting back on track after Marissa’s injury….this year we are on track and ready to accomplish more! 
LPN: What are your goals for this season? 
RM: My goal is to get off the ice happy with how I skated. 
MC and SS: We would like to do our personal best, get high levels on our elements and positive Grades of Execution. We want to skate to our full potential, and don’t get caught up in placement. 
LPN: What are your proudest achievements to date?
RM: The 2009 season was great for me; my goal as a Junior level skater at Nationals was to get in the Top 6, and I surprised myself by winning! It was such a shock to see myself sitting in first after the short program. 
MC and SS: Medalling at the 2009 Jr Worlds was our proudest achievement to date. We didn’t expect much but we were rewarded for our hard work. 
LPN: How did you like skating in Lake Placid?
RM: I have been skating in Lake Placid since I was a little kid; it was so great to return again and see everyone I know. Some of my best memories in skating took place in Lake Placid. The crowd is always so receptive. 
MC: I was really impressed with the crowd too. They always get so involved in our performance. 
SS: I’ve been here a few times and I love Lake Placid. It is a special place for us and for our coach, Sheryl Franks, who competed in the 1980 Olympics here in pairs skating. It’s also so amazing that figure skating draws such a crowd here and there is such interest, it makes performing even more fun for us. 
LPN: Favorite thing to do when not skating?
RM: I like to watch and play tennis and other sports; I also like playing video games! 
MC: When I’m not skating, I like to just relax, watch TV, and play with my dog. 
SS: Watching and playing sports, especially basketball. I also like to hang out with my friends. 
We wish them the best of luck this season. Stay tuned for the next post, which will feature Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov's thoughts on performing, coaching, and Lake Placid! 


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From Left- Simon Shapnir, Marissa Castelli, and Ross Miner.


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